The Shape of Things to Come

Some early prototypes showing how Linkitz can be arranged in different ways. These were 3-D printed and hand-painted -- all part of the prototyping process!

Some early prototypes showing how Linkitz can be arranged in different ways. These were 3-D printed and hand-painted -- all part of the prototyping process!

Linkitz have an unusual shape. Some people think it looks like a flower or a starburst. Some people don't know what to think of it. If you've been wondering why we chose this shape, then today is your lucky day.

We knew from the start that we wanted Linkitz to be modular and versatile, like some of our favorite toys, Lego and LittleBits.  Linkitz also needed to be wearable, and they had to be able to reliably (and safely!) transmit power and signal from one link to others.  

Our team spent a long time thinking about how Linkitz would look. Originally we thought Linkitz would be rectangular, with two connections: a plug on one side and a jack on the opposite side. After we made some mockups, we realized that this severely limited the range of shapes you could make with Linkitz -- they could only be connected in a straight line. It was simple and efficient, but didn't leave much room for creativity.

To make room for creativity and exploration, we added a third connector to our design. The third port expands the number of physical shapes that we can make exponentially. It also gives Linkitz the capacity to perform logical operations on signals from multiple links, rather than simply passing a signal from one to the next.

Adding a third connector gave us a triangular link. But in order to have enough room for the plug and jacks to engage, and for assemblies of links to remain flexible, we had to carve area out of the triangle.  That's how Linkitz got their shape.  What makes them flexible is what makes them unique.

We love putting Linkitz together and seeing what we can build. We hope you will, too!